Tag Archives: Gatlinburg

Questions Linger on Tennessee Wildfire Alerts

Officials decline to address questions about public safety notifications   DON JACOBS, HAYES HICKMAN, Knoxville News-Sentinel Although authorities repeatedly said no public safety officials thought a fire nearly 6 miles deep in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park could threaten ...

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Did Building Codes Contribute to Tennessee Wildfire Damage?

County commissioners doubt new codes could have lessened wildfire damage   JIM GAINES, Knoxville News-Sentinel Several Sevier County commissioners said last week they doubted any construction standards would have mitigated loss from a fire as big and fast-moving as the ...

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Tennessee Wildfire Damages Exceed $500 Million

Gatlinburg wildfires destroyed or damaged 2,460 structures and killed 14 people   GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Local officials estimate that deadly wildfires in East Tennessee have caused more than $500 million in damage. Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters released the ...

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Experts Warn of Wildfire Stress

Struggles to cope among first responders and survivors   JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) – When U.S. Forest Ranger Jody Bandy confronted the man in the Pisgah National Forest, he said he’d been at the nearby wildfire and “couldn’t ...

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Juveniles Charged in Fatal Tennessee Wildfire

Wildfire killed 14 people and destroyed over 2,400 structures   JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities on Wednesday charged two juveniles in an East Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged more than 2,400 ...

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Officials: No Mobile Alert of Gatlinburg Evacuation

Citywide evacuation broadcast did not go out to mobile devices   HAYES HICKMAN, Knoxville News-Sentinel Local, state and federal officials confirmed that the order to evacuate Gatlinburg amid Monday night’s deadly firestorm was not sent to mobile devices in the ...

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Death Toll in Tennessee Wildfire Rises to 14

Elderly woman died while fleeing the fire   GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The death toll from the Gatlinburg area fires has risen to 14. On Sunday, the National Park Service and other authorities said 81-year-old Elaine Brown of Sevierville died ...

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Death Toll Rises to 13 in Tennessee Wildfires

Residents get a first look at damage in Gatlinburg on Friday   ADAM BEAM and JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — People in cars and trucks rolled into the wildfire-ravaged city of Gatlinburg on Friday to get a ...

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Recovery Begins as Rain Falls on Tennessee

Homes of several firefighters are among the estimated 300 destroyed   ADAM BEAM and JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — After nearly 24 hours of drenching rain helped quench a series of devastating wildfires in eastern Tennessee, local ...

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University Professor Predicted Gatlinburg Wildfire for Years

UT professor spent years presenting on the fuel and the WUI   ADAM TAMBURIN, Knoxville News-Sentinel When flames ripped through the Great Smoky Mountains and engulfed hotels and houses in and around Gatlinburg, it caught many people by surprise. But ...

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